Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace

Last updated date: June 4, 2019

DWYM Score
9.4

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We looked at the top 1 Electric Fireplaces and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, House Method, The Spruce, HVACify, Jen Reviews, Home Climate, Cozy Down Home, Taber's Best Reviews, Boss Fireplaces, Fireplace Lab and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Fireplace you should buy.

Overall Take

Touchstone's wall-mounted electric fireplace adds a modern flair to any home decor. Faux logs and crystals come with it, so you can choose one or the other when you install it. We love this unit's bang for the buck, too. In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Touchstone Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace placed 3rd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Fireplace for a detailed review of all the top electric fireplaces.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
606 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has almost every bell and whistle you can think of in a modern fireplace
- BestReviews
This remote controlled fireplace is cool to the touch and mercury-free
- House Method
What’s unique about this beautiful modern electric fireplace is you can choose between faux logs or crystals for the interior (both are included), depending on which aesthetic you prefer.
- The Spruce
March 9, 2019 | Full review
Besides the two heating options, the unit also features a built-in Auto shut off timer which helps you control your fireplace’s heat settings.
- HVACify
We loved that, in addition to high-quality materials, the flames of this electric fireplace look incredibly realistic, and the 5 different fire settings allow you to customize the flame from subtle glowing embers to bright, fierce flames.
- Jen Reviews
This is also the order from cheapest to priciest. The cosmetics of this 50-inch unit are truly impressive as you get 5 levels of flame brightness.
- Home Climate
It features faux logs and crystals, as well as LED technology for realistic flames, and it includes a handy timer that can be set for as little as 30 minutes, or as long as 7.5 hours (slightly less than some units we’ve covered).
- Cozy Down Home
The LED bulbs that this electric fireplace comes fitted with are mercury-free, making them safe for children and pets.
- Taber's Best Reviews
November 29, 2018 | Full review
You can set it between 30 minutes to 7 ½ hours and after which, the fireplace will automatically turn off. You don’t have to worry about overheating fireplace or high electricity bills because you forgot to turn off the unit while you slept.
- Boss Fireplaces
May 13, 2016 | Full review
If you like, you can control your heat by timing it to auto shut between 30 min to 8 hours using the in-built timer setting.
- Fireplace Lab
What experts didn't like
The heat comes from a fan in the top of the unit, which could have an effect on anything placed on the wall above it
- BestReviews
Only 3 heat setting- high, low or no heat at all
- House Method
A bit noisy when running
- HVACify
This electric fireplace could benefit greatly from an adjustable thermostat. Even though you can still customize the temperature- with two levels of heating, it would be great if you could choose the temperature you want and have more freedom when tweaking the temperature level.
- Jen Reviews
A slight drawback is the absence of a thermostat but since there are only a high and a low heat settings, this isn’t so bad.
- Home Climate
This electric fireplace isn’t particularly bright and should not be relied upon as a source of light.
- Taber's Best Reviews
November 29, 2018 | Full review
The unit is 50.4 inches wide, 5.5 inches thick and 21.6 inches tall. There are no firebox accents but the entire flame display screen is pre-built. Still, you can choose the flame setting depending on the ambience or setting you are trying to achieve.
- Boss Fireplaces
May 13, 2016 | Full review
Although the heating function is adequate, it is not outstanding.
- Fireplace Lab

From The Manufacturer

Functionality and elegance come together with Touchstone Onyx Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace! This 50-inch-wide wall mounted electric fireplace offers lifelike flames set in a pile of faux logs or a crystal hearth. Your choice, with both options in the box. Your choice of a fiery log pile or crystal hearth lies behind durable tempered glass with a contemporary black frame, providing the cozy appeal of an authentic fireplace. Heat any room as wide as 400 square feet and control the amount of warmth produced to create a cozy atmosphere through the two heat settings (high and low) of this electric fireplace. Adjust the flames depending on your desired luminosity with the five-flame brightness setting, which ranges from a dull ember glow to a full blazing light. This electric fireplace will serve as a functional piece of décor for your bedroom, library, or family room. It can be used at any time of the year, since it has a dual-mode feature that allows the fireplace to operate with or without heat. A built-in timer for auto-shutoff can be set for 30 minutes to 7.5 hours. With a weight of only 46 pounds, this fireplace can easily be installed by one person. Enjoy a hassle-free and simple installation using the step-by-step instructions provided. An easily mountable wall bracket is included. You no longer need to stack firewood or clean up ashes to turn up the heat, as this fireplace is powered by a remote control. The Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace is 50.4” in width, 21.65” in height, and 5.5” deep. Save on natural gas and heating oil costs, as this fireplace uses LED technology that requires less energy to heat a room. This electric fireplace is also safe for children and pets, since its LED bulbs are cool to touch and mercury-free. The Touchstone Onyx Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace is certain that you’ll get your money’s worth in both home heating and aesthetic design.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Southern Enterprises Calvert Carved Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 3
2. PuraFlame 30-In Western Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 10
4. e-Flame USA Regal Portable Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
7. e-Flame USA Jasper Portable Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
9. Dimplex Holbrook Traditional Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Electric Fireplaces

A crackling fire can add cozy warmth to even the chilliest of winter nights. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, you can toss some logs in and snuggle up for hours.

However, with great fireplace comes great responsibility. You’ve got to maintain your chimney and the flue, clean up burnt logs and keep pets and kids at a safe distance. Electric fireplaces are a modern option that requires tiring upkeep and cleaning out of the equation.

There are two ways to add an electric fireplace to your home. You can buy and assemble an electric fireplace, like Southern Enterprise’s Carved Electric Fireplace, and put it anywhere in your home. If you already have a fireplace but you’re tired of the maintenance, you can buy an electric fireplace insert, like PuraFlame’s 30-in-1 Western Electric Fireplace.

Full electric fireplaces are shipped directly to your home. The parts usually come in two boxes: one to hold the fireplace and mantel and another to hold the electrical components. You can easily put it together on your own, then place it in any room that needs a little extra warmth.

Electric fireplaces create heat through metal coils. They heat up when the fireplace is plugged in and turned on, then a blower fan pushes the heat into the room. The fireplace is cool to the touch, so it’s safe for curious pets and rambunctious kids. It also doesn’t waste or lose any heat, since the fan pushes all of the warmth out into the room.

The electric fireplace’s realistic-looking flames are created by refracting the light from a normal light bulb. This creates a three-dimensional pattern for realistic-looking flames. You can also customize the look of your fireplace with imitation logs or pebbles.

Electric fireplaces come in a variety of styles. Some of them, like the e-Flame USA Jasper Portable Electric Fireplace, come as a single complete unit that you can move around to any room in your home. Others, like Southern Enterprise’s Carved Electric Fireplace, have an old-school style with a mantle that you can use to display photos and knick-knacks.

Electric fireplace inserts, like PuraFlame’s 30-in-1 Western Electric Fireplace, are a great way to turn your current fireplace into a cleaner, more energy-efficient operation. The inserts use the same technology as standard electric fireplaces, but they fit neatly into your home’s current fireplace. You can close up your flue, pop in the insert and enjoy remote-controlled “fires” after an easy installation.

A wall-mounted electric fireplace is ideal for anyone who’s after a more modern look. The Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace is designed for wall mounting, or you can install it inside your wall for a recessed look.

Whether you’re craving a classic look or searching for a futuristic electric fireplace, you’ll have to think about a few things before you commit to your fireplace. Our Tips & Advice can help you choose the electric fireplace of your dreams.

DYWM Fun Fact

Electric fireplaces are safer and cleaner than a standard fireplace with a chimney — but if you block off your fireplace with an electric insert, you might miss out on holiday cheer.

The legend of Santa coming down the chimney has been a Christmas staple since the 19th century. But long before that, chimneys were viewed as a connection between the spiritual world and the natural world. European folklore is filled with tales about supernatural creatures entering homes through the chimney.

Some creatures were welcome additions who helped with cleaning and upkeep during the night, and some left small gifts. Other supernatural forces weren’t so friendly. According to Celtic legends, a dangerous spirit called the bodach would sneak down chimneys to kidnap children from their nurseries.

So what does this mean for you if you buy an electric fireplace? You could be missing out on visits from Santa. We recommend stringing Christmas lights that point towards the front door every holiday season. Santa will still get to warm up with the realistic flames from your electric fireplace, and he’ll probably appreciate going through the front door instead of struggling to fit through a chimney.

The Electric Fireplace Buying Guide

  • Once you’ve decided that you want an electric fireplace in your home, you’ll need to figure out which room it belongs in. Electric fireplaces offer you a lot of freedom in terms of where you can put them. They stay cool to the touch when they heat up, and the way they produce heat is relatively safe, so you don’t have to worry too much about kids or pets. However, you will want to check the maximum voltage on your wall outlets before you buy a fireplace and plug it in. If your fireplace exceeds the outlet’s maximum voltage, you could wind up with a busted fireplace and a hefty bill from the electrician.
  • If you plan on moving your fireplace from room to room, check out the fireplace’s weight before you buy it. The e-Flame USA Jasper Portable Electric Fireplace is a lightweight 12.5 pounds, while the Southern Enterprises Carved Electric Fireplace is a hefty 104 pounds.
  • Double check on how far away your wall outlets are from where you intend to plug in your fireplace. The e-Flame USA Jasper Portable Electric Fireplace has a generous six-foot cord, while the Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace’s wall-mounted design needs to be right next to an outlet.
  • If you already have a fireplace, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by installing an electric fireplace insert, like the PuraFlame 30-in-1 Western Electric Fireplace. You won’t have to worry about ashes, extensive chimney maintenance or cleanup anymore.
  • Electric fireplaces also double as space heaters for small areas. All of our top picks provide supplemental heat for up to 400 square feet.
  • How precise do you need your temperature range to be? The Southern Enterprises Carved Electric Fireplace has a range from 62-82 degrees Fahrenheit at 4 degree intervals. The Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace only has High and Low heat options.
  • If you plan on dozing off to the crackling of your electric fireplace, you’ll want one with an auto-shutoff safety timer. All four of our top picks feature these timers.